DIY | Blender Bottle Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

If you’re like me and fall is your absolute favorite season, you’re probably itching for some cooler weather, cozy sweaters, and a warm latte right about now. (And mostly NFL season, am I right? Go Pack.) For some reason, by the middle of summer, I’m always impatient for fall. Actually, I would be thrilled if it were October all year round! I love a good pumpkin spice latte, but it can be hard to get that fix out of season. Never fear, friends, for I have created the absolute easiest way to DIY some homemade creamer! You only need a few ingredients, and it takes minutes to throw together.


Ingredients:

1 cup [8 oz] vanilla almond milk (sub soy or cashew to taste/dietary needs)

1 cup [8 oz] half + half

1-2 teaspoons light brown sugar

⅓ cup pumpkin puree

½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (could sub with ¼ tsp cinnamon + ¼ tsp cloves, ginger, or nutmeg)


Dump all ingredients into a Blender Bottle and shake! This makes 16oz of creamer, and it should keep in your fridge for a week. It’s tasty, creamy, and the perfect amount of basic white girl.

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Daiso/Don Quijote Haul!

As if there weren’t already enough cute, fun things in Japan, there are these neat stores called Daiso, where everything (almost) is ‎¥‎100. AND most of the inventory is much more practical and better-made than some of the things I’ve seen at dollar stores back in the States! I was like a kid in a candy store walking through there, y’all. I went to the pink Daiso in Ginowan, and it was comparable to a Walmart in terms of selection and products, and I was able to score almost everything in this haul for $20! I also paid a visit to another store, Don Quijote (or Donki/Don Q) which is more of a discount store with lots of imports. I actually thought it was a little pricey! I still snagged some goodies, though 😉

Here’s a list of the things I bought at the Daiso:

  • frilly scrunchie (they’re making a comeback)
  • heart shaped earring backs
  • mini hair elastics
  • sock bun thingamajig
  • strawberry scented glitter nail polish remover
  • aloe vera facial cleanser
  • makeup brush/sponge cleanser
  • silicone vegetable scrubber (I bought it as a makeup brush scrubbie)
  • ceramic lotus soy sauce dish (repurposed as a ring dish)
  • heart-shaped sunnies
  • oven mitt
  • mason jar sippy
  • no-show socks
  • doggy poo bags + holder
  • not pictured: dog toy
  • 3 different plastic organizers
  • not pictured: pasta strainer
  • not pictured: burlap pouch decoration
  • not pictured: fake decorative herbs

What I picked up at Don Q:

  • 7-pack of LuLuLun brightening sheet masks
  • peel-off lip stain
  • Alice in Wonderland DVD (bonus: it plays in english and was only ‎¥‎148)

I’ve had the chance to test out some of the products I bought and I have to say, I am really impressed with the quality of the items I bought! I could probably spend hours in the store, wandering through the aisles and justifying purchasing things I don’t need. Have you ever been to a Daiso? What are your favorite dollar store finds? Let me know in the comments below!

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June Favorites

I cannot believe it’s already July! I hope everyone in the States had a wonderful Independence Day weekend. June was a wonderful month for me – I finally started to settle into our new house, we completed the adoption process on our adorable 3-year old Labrador, and I made some amazing new memories with my husband. I’ve been wearing less makeup than ever – but (and I’m sure you’ll be able to tell based on my faves!) only because I have been loving a natural, glowy look with nearly-bare skin, highlighted cheekbones, and soft pink lips.

Clinique Color Surge Eyeshadow in Lucky Penny // $16, discontinued // I’ve owned this shadow for quite a long time – I want to say I purchased it two summers ago, but since I usually reach for one of my palettes, it’s been a little neglected. Recently I’ve been trying to cycle older products into my routine, and I realized how much I love this shadow! It’s an intensely shimmered copper that blends like a dream and has that coveted creamy texture of high end powders. I love it. Sadly, Clinique discontinued it, so unless you want to fork out the big bucks for it on eBay or Amazon, you’ll have to settle for a dupe such as CoverGirl’s Mink.

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick // $25, Ulta // I reviewed this a while back (read here) and really liked it, but for some reason it got tossed into the abyss that is my lipstick collection. It’s a buildable lipstick that can go from a tinted balm to a pigmented stain in just a few swipes. I think it’s so fun that it looks green in the tube but shows up rosy pink on the lips! It’s a great lippie to keep in your bag.

Yankee Candle Wax Tarts in Lemon Lavender + Sage & Citrus // $1.99 ea, Yankee Candle // Y’all. I have a Yankee Candle addiction (my husband will confirm this). It’s one of those iconic brands that follows you into adulthood – I still remember my mom burning their candles as a kid. I used to be a huge candle junkie, but here in our new house, we have a lot more space – so I’ve been using my wax warmers more often because, quite frankly it’s a lot more cost effective to melt wax in each room than it is to buy full size candles. These two scents are pretty self explanatory, and they’re perfect spring-to-summer transitional scents.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Radiant Lights // $6, Ulta // This highlighter is really popular in the blog world lately, and I know I’ve written about it before on wisconsinwhimsy. It’s cheap, it’s gorgeous, and you get a good amount of product. I have a handful of high end highlighters, and yet this is the one I reach for almost every day! I would say the pigmentation is middle of the road, but that’s actually a pro for me, since it gives me a little more control over the opacity.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone // deluxe sample, but full size is $41 at Ulta // If you read my last beauty blog about the Best of Becca Blushed Radiance kit, you probably already know why I love this product. It’s perfect for a sheer-to-medium intensity glow, and it feels really lightweight on the skin. Moonstone is a great shade for light skin like mine!

Wet n Wild 1 Step Wondergel in Stay Classy // $4.99, Target // I purchased this at the Exchange with a coupon, so I only paid $2.99 which was a steal! Stay Classy is a cool-toned mauve, and I would definitely say it’s a year-round color. I didn’t bring my UV gel kit with me to Japan, so I’ve been using regular polish on my nails lately. I’m hard on my nails, though, and it’s hard for me to find polish formulas that I actually like! I’ve had this on my nails for 5 days now, and while it doesn’t look like a fresh mani, it does still look pretty good for a home nail job. It hasn’t chipped at all, rather just worn down on the tips of my nails. I’ll definitely repurchase this in other shades!

What were your favorite beauty products this June? Let me know in the comments below!

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Outsiders in Okinawa | Sea Glass Beach

Hi everyone! I missed my Fri-Yay series last week so this is me playing catch up. Buuuut, since it’s not Friday, I can’t really call it a Fri-Yay blog. So, instead, it’s Outsiders in Okinawa for the day. Alex and I haven’t been able to do much exploring since we’ve been on this amazing island, but we did recently pay a visit to Sea Glass Beach. It was a little tricky get to, but it was so worth it!

The beach is north of Ginoza off of 329, so it’s easy to get to the surrounding area from pretty much anywhere on the island. You’ll have to take some dirt roads to actually find your way (PS – they are single lane, so watch for oncoming traffic!), but that’s the hardest part. We saw hundreds of adorable hermit crabs, plenty of sea glass, and some gorgeous panoramic views of the coast.


Sea Glass Beach is definitely worth a visit! The sand is a little rough (and hot!), so hubs and I kept our shoes on. The water also felt like hot bath water so neither of us swam, although the water was pretty clear at the time. We saw a fair amount of sea glass and coral, but I’ve heard the best pickings are after a typhoon. We haven’t had our first typhoon of the season yet, but once we do, believe me – I will be out there beachin’ it and collecting glass. Let me know if you have any craft ideas for sea glass in the comments!

PS- here’s the pin drop:

 Sea Glass Beach

Henoko, Nago, Okinawa Prefecture 905-2171

https://goo.gl/maps/xya7HKGY1YR2

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Review | Best of Becca Blushed Radiance

Happy Fourth of July weekend for those of you in the States! Becca is a hot brand right now thanks to the beauty world’s obsession with all things #glow. I bought this kit in Seattle as a last-ditch effort to use up some of my Ulta points before we left for Japan. I’d been wanting to try Becca products for a while, but I already have a handful of highlighters, so I thought it would be fun to try a few different products from Becca rather than investing in a full-size product! The kit retails for $32.50 at Ulta. //

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The kit comes with four products – Becca’s flagship product, which is their pressed shimmering skin perfector in Opal, backlight priming filter, shimmering skin perfector spotlight wand in Moonstone, and mineral blush in Flowerchild.

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From top to bottom: Opal, Flowerchild, Backlight Priming Filter, Moonstone

I’ll cut to the chase – the pressed shimmering skin perfector was my least favorite! It was the product I was most excited to try, and I just wasn’t that impressed. I thought the texture was a little grainy, and it looked more glittery than glowy on my skin. Opal is also very gold, and I haven’t built up much of a summer tan yet, so the shade itself is a little too dark for my skin tone. This is one of those products that got tons of hype, and the first couple of times I used it I was blinded by the hype and thought it was the greatest highlighter I’d ever tried. Now that the novelty has worn off, I think it’s just an okay product.

The spotlight wand in Moonstone is fabulous. I love using this product with the L’Oreal Lumi Cushion foundation for a 5-minute makeup dewy glow! Moonstone suits my skintone much better than Opal, and the liquid has a much finer texture than the powder.

As you can see, I dropped the blush compact and shattered it a bit 😢 Flowerchild is a pinky-coral with gold shimmer. I don’t think this particular shade is anything special, but I do think it’s a universally-flattering shade, which is probably why it was chosen for the kit. The pigmentation and longevity are great! If I were to buy a full size blush from Becca, I think I’d get Sweet Pea or Lantana.

Finally, the primer. I wasn’t impressed. I liked how it looked on my bare skin in indoor lighting (outdoors it looked obviously shimmery), but once I applied foundation, it basically disappeared. I think this primer would work best for someone who wears sheer coverage foundation and naturally has smooth textured skin – it definitely emphasized my pores. I usually wear medium to full coverage foundation on a daily basis, so this product just isn’t for me!

Overall, I like the items in this kit, and I think it’s a great way to try out a few different products from Becca without splurging on expensive full size products. However, I don’t know that I would repurchase the full size of any of the products, at least in the shades that were in the kit – other than the liquid shimmering skin perfector in Moonstone, which I really liked! Have you used Becca cosmetics before? What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments!

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